‘American as apple pie’: LA Times columnist invokes white supremacy in ‘Latino-on-Latino’ school shooting

A Los Angeles Times columnist wrote an article expressing his utter shock that the shooter in the Uvalde massacre was Latino and then predictably shifted the blame from the killer to American pathology.

What’s a leftist writer to do when a mass shooting doesn’t fit the narrative of white supremacism? Well, Gustavo Arellano, who had initially thought that the slaughter of 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas must have been committed by a “white supremacist,” has found a way to shift accountability from the Latino perpetrator to American culture in a nifty twist of logic.

Arellano reportedly grew despondent after finding out that the killer was Salvador Ramos, a Latino. The writer covers the Spanish-speaking immigrant community in Southern California, but he could not resist giving an op-ed in the LA Times on the Texas shooting titled, “A Latino-on-Latino mass shooting. What now?”

“When I heard that a gunman had killed multiple schoolchildren in a predominantly Latino town in Texas, I immediately thought: white supremacist,” Arellano, who is the son of Mexican immigrants, wrote. “How could I not?”

He recounted that his “stomach dropped” after learning that the suspect “was named Salvador Rolando Ramos.”

“We live in an America where millions view us as the enemy simply for being Latinos,” Arellano charged. He listed other mass shootings before commenting that “a Latino had never been the killer in any of … the 10 worst mass shootings — until Ramos.”

He went on to claim that in 2019, a “white man radicalized by neo-Nazi literature drove hundreds of miles” to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas “with the explicit mission to kill Latinos.”

“Twenty-three people died in that massacre, and multiple essays and columns tied the tragedy not just to our current era of racism and violence but to the Lone Star State’s long, shameful history of lynching Latinos,” he asserted.

The author would go on to lament over the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, where a mentally disturbed, racist white teenager named Payton S. Gendron, gunned down ten black people at a grocery outlet.

Arellano quickly defended illegal immigrants and remarked that in Ramos’ case, “some saw his Hispanic name and invoked illegal immigration despite law enforcement officials quickly stating that Ramos was born in North Dakota.”

“I’ve seen hundreds of social media posts by Latinos who say that the young victims in Uvalde reminded them of their nieces, nephews and children. I feel that too,” he claimed.

“When I see photos of Ramos, I also see Latinos I know,” the leftist author commented.

“When I heard that Ramos suffered merciless ridicule from his peers, I remembered when I was bullied at a predominantly Latino high school, where being even slightly different was a scarlet letter,” he commiserated.

“When I learned that Ramos lashed out at others with verbal outbursts, I flashed back to how fellow students who suffered personal problems and needed help did the same — and how no adult seemed to notice,” Arellano accused.

“When I read that Ramos legally bought guns for his 18th birthday with nearly as much ease as buying a Coke, I thought about the gun cult that captivates too many Latino males,” he outrageously said blaming the Second Amendment for the actions of an obvious psychopath.

“None of what shaped Ramos is inherent in the Latino condition. Rather, it’s as much a part of our America as anyone else’s,” he stated, attempting to shift the blame.

“The tragedy in Uvalde disproves what white supremacists say about Latinos and other minorities. We’re not unassimilable; we all become part of the United States,” he wrote.

“What Ramos did — stemming from a pathology found almost nowhere else on Earth — is as American as apple pie,” Arellano falsely charged.

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